Welcome to my gallery of quilts.  I live in Brighton, Michigan.  I have been quilting for 40 years, evolving from traditional patterns and hand quilting to more modern/art styles with mostly machine quilting.

I hope you enjoy these!   Comments/questions about purchases and commissions are welcome.  Katie

kthorne@umich.edu

 

This is a large quilt, about 56 X 56.  It hangs on my sewing room wall.  2004

quilt and studio

 

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Firewall, and what to do when you don’t like what you’ve got

I took some of my ice-dyed fabrics and did quarter circles with them.  The fabrics themselves are very interesting, but this combination did not work. !

Too busy/crazy and not enough contrast.

ice dyes uglies #1

So, I sliced some of the blocks.  Just freehand with my rotary cutter.  Here’s an example.

ice dye uglies #2

 

Then I found an interesting variegated commercially-printed fabric (rosy red through browns to teal) that went nicely with some of the slices.

ice dye uglies #3

You can still see the curves of the original blocks in that.  I finally used two of the original blocks that had been sliced.  Found a perfect complementary stripey fabric in my fabric collection for the border.  Here’s what my final piece looks like.  A big improvement.  It’s called Firewall.

Firewall 4

 

 

Circus Maximus

I did a lot of ice-dyeing this summer and fall.  Now, what to do with these wonderful fabrics.  I have lots of ideas floating in my head.  This quilt, about 45″ square, is one of the first to make it to the finish line.

Circus Maximus

Mom’s Christmas Quilt

Christmas has always been a big family event for us, with lots of presents and good things to eat. My mother made many kinds of cookies, and everyone who got one of her plates of cookies for a gift was very thankful! Our favorite family cookie recipe is a soft-dough cutter cookie, with boiled frosting and colored sugar sprinkles. Some years ago I made Mom a small Christmas quilt, and I have a photo that shows about half of the piece. I used real cookie cutters for the appliqued animals and Christmas motifs in the border. She would put it up every year when the tree was trimmed. Happy Holidays all!

Mom's Xmas 2

Leaftwirl, two versions

About a year ago I made some free-cut leaf blocks, then combined nine of them with fabric strips with lots of color. I finished one quilt, putting the leaf blocks together with  green fabrics for “sashing”.  I finally finished the other quilt this week, using one pink fabric instead of greens for the sashing. Which one do you like better?

Leaftwirl green

 

Leaftwirl pink

Joe’s Crosses

Joe Cunningham is a professional quilter, originally from Michigan and now living in California. He comes back to his home state frequently, and the Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild invited him to teach. Like me, he started decades ago with traditional patchwork patterns and hand stitching. But now– wow! You can see some of his stuff here:

http://www.joethequilter.com

He told the class to use 3 or 4 fabrics, cut them into straight-edge shapes and re-sew them into a 24” square (I think I got that right). It wasn’t as easy as you’d think. Once we did that, he told us to do 3 more of the same exercise. As in so many classes I take, I was not particularly in love with my project but I did love the technique and enjoyed seeing what other students came up with.

Recently I re-visited my class project, chose one of the samples, and added crosses. Then hand stitched on them. I sent this to Joe and he graciously approved! I named it “Joe’s Crosses.”

Joe's crosses